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I like this one:

"A photographer went to a socialite party in New York. As he entered the front door, the host said ‘I love your pictures - they’re wonderful; you must have a fantastic camera.’ He said nothing until dinner was finished, then: ‘That was a wonderful dinner; you must have a terrific stove."
Sam Haskins

The Pentax images in this comparison do look sharper with more contrast.  But, were the two camera's set-up with similar in-camera jpeg processing settings? 

I'm not familiar with Digitalcamerareview.com, are they reputable?

From the website:

"Each image was taken in a RAW format then converted to JPGs through Lightroom. No adjustments were made to the images before publishing this article."

Pentax K3 looks very good. Really amazing in ISO 6400. ::)

ISO 6400 is looking real good, indeed!

I guess I'd like to keep things separated while batteries have just enough juice for one day on those huge screen phones. I'd rather shoot as much as I like, use the flash as much as I like, without having to think if I can get through the day. (These things change rather quickly, though.)

No place for m4/3 to me. I like the size of a DSLR in my hands; in fact, I'm very happy with my 60D and the 17-55/2.8 and the pics I can take of my kid with it. I wish, though, I had a smaller yet capable camera for carrying around. I've considered a Canon EOS-M, especially after firmware + crazy deal, but I'd rather have a small camera with a fixed lens and built-in flash, and letting the lens-changing and flash-attaching thing for DSLR-demanding situations.
I can't really see much of an advantage of m4/3s over DSLRs. Smaller, yeah, but still not pocketable, and you still have to change lenses and all that.
I'm probably getting a Sony RX-100 ii for good enough casual pics and video, and sticking with DSLRs (maybe a 7Dm2) for important or challenging situations, like my kid learning to walk or playing soccer. I can't myself going FF, as next gen sensors will probably be very good, at least for my amateurish needs.
My future kit, as I can think of right now: :)
- Sony RX-100 ii for everyday things
- DSLR for important moments -- 7Dm2, 17-55/2.8 and 70-200/4L is what I'm thinking of right now
- Borrowed Handycam when really good video matters (not often to me; not a video guy)

I would like to have a camera which allows me to go on holiday and take 5000 or 10000 photos without changing the battery.
I can't even imagine myself flagging 10,000 photos on LR after some holiday... :) To be honest, I'm currently taking 4 GB cards around instead of 16 or 32 GB because I've found myself taking so-so pics much too often (and I'm actually much too lazy to import and categorize zillions of pics). I'd rather have 20 great pics a day.

EOS Bodies / Re: Plenty of posts on the 7D, how about the 70d
« on: March 07, 2013, 01:02:00 PM »
I expect the 70D to be a re-heated 7D spec wise.
If so, I'm in. Same body, similar AF system with maybe a more sensitive central point, same 100% VF, but with a better sensor with good 3200 ISO... I guess people expect much more, but that would be just what I need.
The new 7D, if the rumors are correct, should be a terrific camera, albeit too expensive for a hobby shooter like myself.
US$ 1,600 body only for such a camera, maybe?

PowerShot Cameras / Re: SX500 replacement
« on: March 05, 2013, 04:14:39 PM »
(...) would like something a tad smaller that I can take with me when I'm out and about with work. (...)

Have you considered something even smaller like a Canon S100/S110? It will fit in a pocket, and I believe is a much better camera than the SX500/600 unless you need the 30x zoom. (I'm personally buying a S100 myself.)

Lenses / Re: your goto everyday lens and why?
« on: March 05, 2013, 04:04:04 PM »
My point, I suppose, is not to worry about what you don't have but to make the best of what you do.

That's a great way of thinking, thanks! :)
But now you got me curious... Can I see some of those photos?

Lenses / Re: your goto everyday lens and why?
« on: March 04, 2013, 08:52:59 PM »
Lots of expensive answers here...   :-[

Don't let these put you off... my first answer used rather simple combo and by no means they have to be L's! Any general purpose zoom plus one standard lens is a good deal for me. The second post with a listing was simply a joke to follow up on "analogies" post someone started.

The best lens is the one you have mounted and ready to go...not some pie-in-the-sky object that you have to fork out big bucks for.
Thanks, Ray2021!
You know, even though I wish there were a few Ls in my bag (will get there eventually), I still have a long way to go before it is my lenses, not myself, what is keeping me from taking better pics.
I appreciate your concern! :)

Lenses / Re: your goto everyday lens and why?
« on: March 04, 2013, 04:31:27 PM »
Lots of expensive answers here...   :-[
On my 60D, both the 50mm f/1.4 and the 17-55mm f/2.8. The 50 when I want something lighter, and the 17-55 when I need versatility. A Fuji X20 will most likely be my everyday camera, though, and the dSLR (a 7Dm2, perhaps?) will be reserved for more challenging or special occasions, or when I have planned a shot beforehand.

EOS Bodies / Re: What is this camera?
« on: March 02, 2013, 06:09:29 AM »
Enough with the camera... Who's the girl? :)

PowerShot / Re: P&S - Faster lens or bigger sensor?
« on: February 28, 2013, 02:22:26 PM »
The answer is: fast and accurate Autofocus, that is sensitive and do not hunt in bad light.
For a P&S, this will be the thing making or breaking the pictures.
It does make sense. Will pay more attention to that part of the reviews than I've been doing so far. Thanks!

But my (admittedly biased) view of wives in general, they value responsiveness, simplicity and end IQ.
Sounds like my wife, too, so now we have a little larger sample with less bias :)

PowerShot / Re: P&S - Faster lens or bigger sensor?
« on: February 27, 2013, 08:16:34 PM »
I went for the bright lens option in the form of the G15. This camera will be perfect for plenty of photographers. But it didn't really work for me and was moved along after just a couple of months. I should have gone for a bigger sensor. The G15 was neither here nor there. Not as compact and pocketable as an S100/S110 and failing to deliver on the IQ my fussy standards require. Compared to what I was used to (5D3 & 1D4), the limited dynamic range and shutter lag were the deal breakers. This won't apply to everyone. The G15 is a very cool little camera.

This is a roundabout way of saying that sensor size and lens brightness are not the only things to consider when choosing a compact. Being pocket or purse size means it will get more use. Demonstrably fast AF and minimal lag need to be considered if catching that magic moment is important to you.

RX100 anyone? Leica M9 for the cashed up?

Leica M9, hmmm... (Even though I'd be a happy camper with any one of those little toys of yours, namely 5D3 and 1D4...) :)
And yes, being pocket-size will be really important for my wife, hence the Canon S100/S110 (blue corner, bigger sensor) vs Olympus XZ-10 (red corner, faster lens) contest!

PowerShot / Re: P&S - Faster lens or bigger sensor?
« on: February 27, 2013, 08:02:07 PM »
Yeah, you might want to check that claim first. I won't repeat my earlier post, but I claim that larger sensors make the biggest difference in low light.
Yes, a bigger sensor is sure better; the thing is, I couldn't come to a conclusion about sensor size being more or less important than the max aperture of the lens. Anyhow, it looks like its unanimous, so I'm going with the larger sensor.

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